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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Dec 30, 2011 7:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sugar Magnolia Is The Song That Made Me A Deadhead!

I may have related part of this story before, but here goes.

College, fall of 1973. I work as Photo Editor for the yearbook and newspaper. We have our office in the basement of the clock tower - truly a little den of iniquity complete with stereo, fridge and hot plate (no microwave in those days) as well as desks. It's our own private hangout, 24/7. The new longhair guy joins the staff, and behold, lugs down a case of 16oz. Cokes, a Strat, 2 milk crates full of records and a nice bag of stinky.

The first thing he does after moving in - Skull Fuck was on the turntable. From the first thumping bass notes of Bertha, I was hooked - I'd never heard anything quite like this. The next few hours were spent listening to WD, AB and E72. It was that mix of beautiful bass, snarling lead guitar, tight rhythm and just a touch of country twang that did it for me. Some weeks later out in his carpeted van with 8 speakers, we lit up and put on Live Dead...

Thank you Bertha... and Althea, Rosalee et al.